An Iwama Aikido deshis best friend or How to survive summer

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In the book Go rin no sho Miyamoto Musashi states, in his very no-nonsense-pragmatic way, that a warrior should never have his favourite weapon or get to accustomed to use one specific weapon. The simple reason being that in the heat of the moment, on the battle field, it is not unlikely to loose it and if you get paralyzed when riddened of your favourite weapon, you are of no use to anyone and will […]

About Dento Iwama Ryu

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This text is published courtesy of Alessandro Tittarelli Shihan, 8th dan Iwama Shin Shin Aiki Shuren Kai. It delivers an important message to anyone interested in studying true Iwama Aikido today. Read about the roots and the future. Enjoy! In Aiki – M ————- ”Today there are an infinity of Aikido organizations, associations and styles: Each teacher rightly makes and shows what he has learned, which is the result of his experience and his ability […]

Before and after

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Notes and thoughts from my 2017 uchi deshi stay in Iwama. I can easily divide my Aikido life into two parts: before and after my first uchi deshi stay in Iwama. Now, I am no veteran, neither in terms of the number of uchi deshi tours I have made nor in regards of how long they have been. Plenty of Aikido students have gone there more often and for greater length of time. But here […]

Back to the roots

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Notes and thoughts from my 2017 uchi deshi stay in Iwama. This year marks the ten year anniversary of my first coming to Hitohira Saito Sensei’s Tanrenkan dojo as uchi deshi. In some of my previous posts I have written about the everyday life of an Iwama uchi deshi (http://takemusuaikidogoteborg.se/2015/05/24/training-works-wonders-part-1/ and http://takemusuaikidogoteborg.se/2015/06/05/training-works-wonders-part-2/). This post, and some to follow, will more generally connect to budo training and my thoughts on uchi deshi life as an important […]

Saito Hitohira Sensei in Augsburg, December 2015

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A good part of the Iwama Shin Shin Aiki Shuren Kai family gathered on the weekend of December 4th-6th to attend a long awaited seminar with Saito Hitohira Sensei. The seminar took place in the Bavarian city of Augsburg, Germany and drew a crowd of some 150 people from nearly 15 different countries. We arrived Thursday night and so we had most of Friday to check out the city. Augsburg was almost spring like, with […]

Training works wonders – Part 2

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Uchi deshi ( 内弟子) or uchi no deshi literally means ‘inner student’ and refers to a student who make the commitment to immerse him or herself totally in training. It means living in or nearby the training quarters, dedicating yourself only to training, the chores of the dojo and your Sensei. The idea is to let go of everything – everything revolves around training. You can do this for any length of time. It is the […]

Training works wonders – part 1

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Uchi deshi ( 内弟子) or uchi no deshi literally means ‘inner student’ and refers to a student who make the commitment to immerse him or herself totally in training. It means living in or nearby the training quarters, dedicating yourself only to training, the chores of the dojo and your Sensei. The idea is to let go of everything – everything revolves around training. You can do this for any length of time. It is […]

Tai Sai in High Wycombe, 2015-04-26

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April 2015 meant another great and friendly gathering in High Wycombe Judo Centre for a day of training and celebrating traditions in the spirit of Iwama Aikido. A result of growing friendship between Ray Gardiner Sensei and myself in combination with a wish to uphold Iwama Aikido traditions and, not least, by encouragement from Pat Hendricks Sensei, the Tai Sai seminars in High Wycombe have now been established as an annual event. The 2015 edition […]

Takemusu Aikido Seminar – March 2015

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As a budo ka, having chosen Aikido as your discipline of life, your do -, how do you put your practice of form to the test? How do you progress beyond basic training, stepping out of the concept of kata, one on one, pre destined technique or attack, fixed angles, alignment and, most of all, plenty of time to perform? Do you ever create an arena where you get to approach your practice in a […]

Takemusu Aikido Göteborg – varför då?

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Träningen i Takemusu Aikido Göteborg har nu snart varit igång i en termin. Själva klubben bildades officiellt i april. Tankearbetet och sedermera det praktiska förberedelsearbetet inleddes förstås mycket tidigare än så. Vägen från tanke till handling har varit lång och på intet sätt rak. Det är ingen lätt och okomplicerad sak att lämna en plats och en tillvaro som varit ens hem under nära 25 år. Det är ofrånkomligen mycket känslor inblandade. Varför har då […]